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Career and Professional

      • Harry was educated at Wimbledon Junior Technical College (1940-1942) where he was awarded a 1st class Diploma with 8 Distictions!  see Certificates
      • In 1945-46 he went to the Borough Polytechnic in Southwark (now part of South Bank University) where he was awarded the Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Radio Engineering with credits in 2 Electrical subjects and an Endorsement in Mathematics with Distinction!
      • BBC Tatsfield Receving Station

        In 1943 (aged 17) he joined the BBC as a Youth in Training at the BBC Receiving Station at Tatsfield, near Biggin Hill on the Kent/Surrey border

      • By 1953 he had become a Senior Engineer Grade B1 in Planning, Installing and Design involved with Television Studio Systems.

In 1955 he took the brave step of moving to the new upstart Independent Television Authority (ITA) initially as Senior Engineer rising to become Deputy Head of Station Design and Construction

  • In 1969 he become Head of Station Operations and Maintenance with staff of over 500 people spread across 30 locations throughout the UK.
  • 1983-84 he was Head of Station Design and Construction.
  • He took early retirement in 1984 at the age of 58.
  • After retirement he undertook consultancy work with SSVC (The Services Sound and Vision Corporation), the organisation which provides broadcasting services to the Armed Services.
  • In March 1986 he was awarded Fellowship of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.
Fellowship of the Institute of Electrical Engineers

Fellowship of the Institute of Electrical Engineers


Harry was a member of the Council of the Royal Television Society (RTS), which is the leading forum for discussion and debate on all aspects of the television community.

In 1984 he was elected as a Fellow of the RTS for “an outstanding contribution in the fields of planning and construction and operations and maintenance over a period of 25 years and for services to the Society: an outstanding contribution to the furtherance of Television RTS Fellowship Award

1975-78, 1982-85 (Southern Centre Chair 1989-91)

Fellowship of the RTS

Harry was also a Chartered Electrical Engineer.

Harry attended and gave a paper to the International Broadcasting Convention in 1974 in London.

He attended a course at Marconi in 1967. The names below are identified with their ITA  (Independent Television Authority) Transmitter stations.

The ITA, which subsequently became the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) was responsible for programme broadcasting through a network of transmitters across the country – and it was in this technical  area that Harry worked, pioneering remote control of these often isolated transmitters, sited on hilltops.

He was awarded a BA(Hons) degree in 1994.

SC No.3

Marconi SC (No.3) Course held between 20th November and 15th December 1967 Left to Right Back Row; H.W. Boutall (HQ), D.A. Rintoul (HQ), J.H. Bloor (Dover), D.F. Wilson (Black Hill) Front Row; A.T. Riggall (Lichfield), S.E. Jones (Chillerton Down), E.A. Harman (Winter Hill), K.G. Matchett (Croydon) Photo Source: Mick Gulliford Photo Copyright and ID: MC77458

SC No.1

Marconi SC (No.1) Course held between 25th September and 20th October 1967 Left to Right Back Row; D.H. Rennie (Durris), W. Woolfenden (St.Hilary), N.G. Payne (Lichfield), P.T. Firth (Black Hill), G.E. Tagholm (Croydon) Front Row; R.J. Byrne (HQ), G.L. Sanderson (HQ), G. Askey (Emley Moor), R. Wellbeloved (HQ) Photo Source: Mick Gulliford Photo Copyright and ID: MC76928


Bill Woolfenden (St Hilary, Cowbridge, South Wales) was a close family friend.

Harry, Dorothy and John - photo and article in local newspaper 1963

Harry, Dorothy and John – photo and article in local newspaper 1963





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